Malay LGU to lift ECQ, surgical lockdowns in Boracay villages

Published April 14, 2021, 3:08 PM

by Philippine News Agency

ILOILO CITY (PNA) – Strict quarantine measures implemented in selected areas of Boracay Island will be lifted and their classification will revert to the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) effective midnight of Wednesday.

A couple walks along the white beach of Boracay Island Thursday, October 1, as the country’s most popular beach destination reopens to domestic tourists. (Tara Yap / File photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Please be informed that the enhanced community quarantine in Barangay Balabag and the surgical lockdown in Zones 1 and 7 in Barangay Manocmanoc will be lifted at 11:59 p.m., April 14, 2021. The quarantine classification will revert to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ),” the April 14 advisory by the local government unit (LGU) of Malay indicated.
On April 1, the LGU has imposed 14-day strict quarantine measures in said areas to avert the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as a surge in cases have been recorded on the island.
The April 13 health bulletin released by the Malay Inter-Agency Task Force Against COVID-19 showed that all 16 new recoveries and four new confirmed cases of the municipality were from Boracay Island.
Of the four new confirmed cases, Barangays Balabag and Manocmanoc recorded one each while Barangay Yapak has two.
The recoveries, the largest to be recorded in one day, were from Manocmanoc with 15 and one from Balabag.
Malay has recorded 179 total confirmed cases with 38 active cases, 140 recoveries, and one death.
Meantime, despite the lifting of the ECQ and the surgical lockdown, the LGU will continue to impose measures to further contain the spread of the virus on the island.
The LGU would still prohibit the operations of bars, restaurants and food parks with live shows and music, cockfighting, and non-essential gatherings.
Boracay still has to observe the 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew hours.
The church capacity is still reduced to its 30 percent seating capacity.
Island authorities have also required the observance of minimum public health standards such as the wearing of face masks and face shields at all times.